Hokkaido University
Center for Human Nature,
Artificial Intelligence,
and Neuroscience

2022.6.11 Release

Call for a Postdoctoral Fellow (Cognitive psychology, Cognitive neuroscience)

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Dr. Keisuke Suzuki at CHAIN.

The appointed postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Keisuke Suzuki on the CREST project “Cognitive Feelings that Mediate Between Perception and Emotion” (PI: Yukie Nagai, Period: Oct 2021 – Mar 2027). Cognitive feeling is a feeling directed toward perceptual information processing, such as the sense of knowing, the sense of confidence, the sense of reality, etc. The research team will conduct cognitive psychological experiments to elicit mechanisms of cognitive feeling using virtual reality technologies and neuro-physiological measurements.

The successful candidate should have a strong background in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, or a similar discipline, or have experiences implementing virtual reality systems and conducting psychological experiments using virtual reality technology. People interested in the relationship between interception and feelings, having ideas of virtual reality experiments on cognitive feeling are encouraged to apply.

The postdoctoral fellow will belong to CHAIN, a research and education center for interdisciplinary studies in the humanities, social sciences, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence in Hokkaido University, and is expected to interact with faculty members, researchers, and students in the center. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Full time, fixed term for 6 months until 31 March 2023 (potentially extendable until 31 March 2027)

Starting date: 1 July 2022 or anytime soon after


The ideal applicant will have the skills to design and conduct experiments that contribute to the CREST project both independently and in collaboration with Dr. Suzuki. They are expected to demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics:

  1. A PhD by the time of the appointment in areas related to cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or other related fields of research.

2 English communication skills: ability to write and speak in English for conference presentation and paper writing (Communication in Japanese is not necessary).

  1. A demonstrated ability and strong interest to develop and engage in interdisciplinary research projects across philosophy, psychology, cognitive and computational neuroscience, computational psychiatry, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics as a member of CHAIN.
  2. Experience and competence in one or both of the following two types:

Type 1: A degree in psychology or equivalent and have knowledge and experiences in designing and conducting psychological experiments using behavioral and/or physiological measurement, as well as statistical analysis on obtained data.

Type 2: Experience in implementing virtual reality (VR) systems and/or conducting psychological experiments using virtual reality systems, or someone who has good programming skills and has strong willingness to develop experimental systems using virtual reality.

For both Type 1 and Type 2, knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: implementation of virtual reality systems, computational modeling, theoretical and computational neuroscience, machine learning.

 Application materials

  1. Curriculum Vitae*
  2. Summary of past research accomplishments (1-2 pages)
  3. Two most important publications relevant to the project.
  4. Research plan (e.g., original research ideas/plans based on the applicant’s strengths in line with the “cognitive feeling” project, or a proposal of collaborative research with Co-I, Dr. Suzuki) (1-2 pages).
  5. Two references (Names and contact details)

Other resources 

“Cognitive Feeling” Project Website:

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) CREST: